Taiwan has been a fervent supporter of Parallax products for over six years. Our distributor, PlayRobot, does an excellent job supporting the local universities with their Parallax Certified Professional program. In Tawain, BASIC Stamps reign supreme!
Last month, Ken & I presented our new Propeller C educational program to students and professors at three universities: National Tsing-Hwa University, National Chiao Tung University, and the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. After all, it’s time for the Propeller to reign supreme! In total, we provided hands-on training to about 60 teachers and students, with very positive results.
Ken presenting Parallax past, present, and future at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
Jessica briefly explaining Propeller architecture before the programming demo at National Chiao Tung University.
The students at National Chiao Tung University were absorbed in the material. It was difficult to get them to stop experimenting with one example so that we could move on to the next!
More hands-on training at National Chiao Tung University
Of course each presentation ended with an ELEV-8 flying demonstration with Ken’s beast of a quadcopter. Amazingly each flight went flawlessly, considering all parts were stuck in customs until only hours before the presentation – leaving no time for a test flight.
Ken explaining ELEV-8 flight dynamics to students at National Chiao Tung University.
After each presentation, the hosting professors would graciously give us tours of their labs. There’s some very interesting and exciting research happening in Taiwan: from personal care robotics to coordinated aerial and ground-based robotics.
Visiting the robotics lab at National Tsing-Hwa University, with a robot in development whose purpose is to serve tea. From Right to Left: Kai-Tai Song, Ph.D. (National Tsing-Hwa University), Jelly Wang (PlayRobot), Ken Gracey (Parallax Inc.), Robert Wang (PlayRobot), Jessica Uelmen (Parallax Inc.).
Visiting the robotics lab at Taiwan Tech. From right to left: Jessica Uelmen (Parallax Inc.), Ken Gracey (Parallax Inc.), Min-Fan Ricky Lee Ph.D. (Taiwan Tech), Chang Yu-Law (Taiwan Tech), Robert Wang (PlayRobot), Jelly Wang (PlayRobot).
In all, we’re very grateful to Robert and Jelly of PlayRobot for arranging such fantastic opportunities. We left each student and professor excited about and eager for our new Propeller Education program. Stay tuned for more information on that front!